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You’re about to see inside the $150 billion International Space Station. The first thing we’ll do is look at the exterior features of the International Space Station. The ISS is covered in solar arrays and Canadarm2 and Dextre can move along the truss segments of the ISS to complete repairs. The Russian Orbital Segment consists of modules like Zvezda and Zarya. Soyuz spacecraft carrying astronauts and cosmonauts can dock on Pirs or Poisk. The U.S. Orbital Segment is attached to the Russian Orbital Segment via a pressurized mating adapter. U.S. ISS modules include Tranquility, Harmony, Destiny, Leonardo, BEAM, and Cupola. Tranquility houses life support systems and control systems. The Leonardo module is used as a personal hygiene area. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM)is made from fabric and acts as a test module for expandable habitat technology. Destiny acts as a research module and is commonly referred to as U.S. Lab. The European Space Agency’s Columbus Orbital Facility and JAXA’s Kibo module are also connected to the U.S. Orbital Segment. These research modules are where astronauts complete experiments related to microgravity, cosmic rays, and much more. Kibo consists of a pressurized module, a logistics module, and an external facility for experiments. Here’s a look inside the International Space Station. Columbus houses the fluid science lab where astronauts test fluid physics in microgravity. It also contains European physiology modules that are used to test the effects of space flight on the human body as well as a biolab where astronauts examine the effects of microgravity on plants, invertebrates, microorganisms, tissues, and animal cells. Are you ready to blast off in a Soyuz rocket and head up to the International Space Station?
Written by: Rob Cramer
Narrated by: Craig Freeman
Edited by: Danila Fel
Animated by: Yaser Rabani
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00:35 Exterior Tour
01:34 Russian Orbital Segment
02:59 U.S. Orbital Segment
04:30 Columbus Science Laboratory
04:59 Kibo Science Module”